Developing Comprehension with State Standards


This course begins in January 2019.

One of the most important tasks for children in the first five years of life is the development of language. Children enter preschool and kindergarten with immense differences in stages of development, and educators can meet this challenge by providing assessments and activities that support children’s phonemic awareness. The National Reading Panel found that “teaching phonemic awareness to children significantly improves their reading more than instruction that lacks any attention to PA.” Students who understand the correspondence between sequences of sounds in spoken words have a better base for becoming independent readers, making direct phonemic awareness instruction invaluable to a child’s future education. This course, aligned with the new Common Core Reading Standards, will provide educators with an understanding of phonemic awareness and appropriate approaches for promoting phonemic awareness skills in their classrooms. Participants will focus on effective methods for assessing and analyzing student phonemic awareness skills and will learn to create activities to build children’s phonemic awareness. This course, the first in a six-part reading certificate program, will culminate with the development of individual plans to incorporate phonemic awareness activities into the curriculum.






The ultimate goal of any reading program is not only for students to be able to read fluently, but more importantly to be able to comprehend what they are reading.  The State Standards have set up a staircase of standards from kindergarten through 12th grade to prepare students for college and the work force.  The standards have reexamined the way teachers approach comprehension instruction and text selection and what teachers will hope to achieve for their K-12 students in terms of benchmarks and background knowledge. In this course, you will be introduced to some approaches for comprehension instruction and assessment, as well as be introduced to some technology tools to help you teach.  By the end of the course, you will have completed a set of plans for comprehension instruction in your K-12 classroom.

Goals and Objectives

This course will enable participants to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of comprehension instruction and how this connects to literacy development;
  • Demonstrate an understanding how deep background knowledge plays a big role in comprehension;
  • Become familiar with the State Standards as they relate to reading comprehension;
  • Learn how to create an interactive activity that supports children’s reading comprehension;
  • Plan for an integrated and meaningful curriculum that supports children’s language and literacy development in alignment with the State standards.

Course Structure

7-week course divided into one-week sessions

  • Each session includes readings, activities, online discussion forums, and assignments;
  • The time for completing each weekly session is estimated to be 6-8 hours;
  • Total hours to complete course is about 72 hours;
  • All resources are embedded in the course;
  • A cumulative course assessment product is completed throughout the course.


Each course has the option to be taken for content learning only or for graduate credit. If you choose the graduate credit option you will pay the university directly for the graduate credit processing fee. Graduate course credit fees range. You will be provided the link to register for credit directly through the university once you complete the purchase for the course content through CLOI’s website.


This course is for educators to provide them with an understanding of phonics, spelling instruction, and appropriate approaches for promoting phonics skills.  Participants are expected to have regular access to computers and proficiency with email and current Web browsers.

Additional information

Credit Offering Institutes' Information

Once you have completed the registration, which includes paying CLOI's courses fees, you will be provided information to register and pay for the graduate credits or PDPs.

Credit offering institute fees*:

•Gordon College: $75 per credit plus $50 registration fee
•Westfield State University: $300 for 3 graduate credits and $125 for 36 PDPs
•MidAmerica Nazarene University: $205 for 3
graduate credits

*Credit card processing charges, if applicable, are not included.


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